The drone being used, reported Alexis C. Madrigal, has an unusual design: “a tail sitter, a hybrid of a plane and a helicopter that takes of vertically, then rotates to a horizontal position for flying around.
“Throughout history there have been a series of innovations that have each taken a huge chunk out of the friction of moving things around,” says the narrator of the video.
“Project Wing aspires to take another big chunk of the remaining friction of moving things around the world.”
Google is in a drone race with Amazon, among other companies, which said last year it was testing delivery of packages by drone. (Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, owns The Washington Post.) Domino’s Pizza has also expressed an interest.
As the video shows, it lowers the package from a tether, detaches it and then reels back up and continues on its way.